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February 25

1831 – About this time, the Prophet Joseph Smith received the revelation known as Doctrine and Covenants 44.  It includes instructions for the Priesthood to meet together in conference and further explains their duties, including “that ye must visit the poor and the needy and administer to their relief.’  In compliance with this revelation, a conference was set for early June.

1836 – The Prophet Joseph records that he and his scribe visited the home of Sidney Rigdon to  bless his wife who was ill.  “We prayed for her and anointed her in the name of the Lord, and she began to recover from that very hour.’  (History of the Church, 2:400).

1839 – At a meeting held in Quincy, Illinois, the local residents adopted a resolution that “the people called ‘Latter-day Saints’ were many of them in a situation requiring the aid of the citizens of Quincy, and recommending that measures be adopted for their relief’ (History of the Church, 3:263).  On this date the Prophet Joseph records that life in Liberty Jail was filled with threatenings and difficulties.  He tells of Sidney Rigdon being released from the jail secretly in the night for his safety after the judge ruled in his favor.  Sidney Rigdon is recorded to have said that “the sufferings of Jesus Christ were a fool to his’ (History of the Church, 3:264).  Sidney Rigdon would never be as strong and faithful after this event, leaving Nauvoo and then the Church a few years later.  On a more interesting note, the Prophet Joseph records that Elder Israel Barlow had lost his way in the fall of 1838 and had met a Dr. Isaac Galland who lived in Commerce, Illinois.  Upon learning of the fate of the Saints in Missouri, Galland went to Quincy and introduced the idea of the Saints moving to the area around Commerce, Illinois.  Commerce would later be known as Nauvoo.        1843 – The Nauvoo City Council met most of the day and passed several resolutions and discussed the currency problems in Nauvoo.  The use of gold and silver currency was discussed and the Prophet Joseph Smith spoke on the Constitutional laws concerning the issuing of currency.

1844 – In a meeting held at the Temple block, the Prophet Joseph Smith prophesies “that within five years we should be out of the power of our old enemies, whether they were apostates or of the world’ (History of the Church, 6:225).

1846 – The Camp at Sugar Creek awoke to the coldest morning since they had left Nauvoo.  A meeting was held with the brethren to discuss work nearby for some of the brethren and other problems among the members of the camp.  Charles C. Rich arrived from Nauvoo and reported that he had walked across the Mississippi River on the ice.  Captain Samuel J. Hastings arrived in the camp.  He had been across the plains to California and had written a book about the trail and how to get there.  He offered his services for a fee and spent the night in the camp with Brigham Young.

1858 – Two Elders are killed by Bannock and Shoshone Indians in Idaho.

1883 – The Wautu New Zealand Branch was organized.  It was the first branch organized among the Maoris of New Zealand.

1950 – Elders H. Grant Heaton and William K. Paalani, enter Hong Kong.  They were the first missionaries to serve there in nearly one hundred years.

1979 – The first stake in Paraguay is organized in Asuncion.

1982 – The first branch of the Church in Mauritius is organized.

2004 – When tropical cyclone Heta devastated the government offices on the island nation of Niue in January, the vital records were destroyed.  In a ceremony held at the Auckland City Library in Auckland, New Zealand, the Church presented 28 rolls of microfilmed birth, death and marriage records to the people and government of Niue.  The records also included the genealogies of Niuean property owners that are an important part of Niuean property ownership laws.  The Church began microfilming Niuean records in 1994.

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